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Join Us for a Doggone Good Time: K-9 Classic 2024

May 9, 2024

Two people and a dog posing in a cutout frame with the text "I love my dog" while another person takes their photo.
Event attendees pose for a photo with their dog

Chico Area Recreation & Park District (CARD) is thrilled to announce the return of its 3rd annual K-9 Classic event at DeGarmo Park! This free community event will be held on Saturday, May 18th, from 10 AM to 1 PM, inviting families and their furry companions to join for a paws-itively great time.

New this year, register your pup in our “Best in Show” dog photo contest by Thursday, May 9th 11:59 PM PT! Your photo will be posted on CARD’s Facebook page and the photo with the highest number of votes will win a special prize pack filled with exclusive CARD swag, a $100 gift card to 5th Street Steakhouse, and pet goodies! Prizes will be awarded to the most heartwarming moment, best action shot or funniest dog photo. Sign up at The winners will be announced at the K-9 Classic event on May 18th.

For the day of the event, us for The Mutt Strut, where your pup can showcase their skills and cuteness! Registration is open from 10–10:45 AM. The "Best in Show" contest starts at 11 AM, featuring a dog costume parade where you can highlight the creativity and charm of your furry friends.

"The Mutt Strut is always a highlight for families." said Erin Horst, Public Outreach Specialist at CARD. "Make sure to sign up before 10:45 AM to ensure your dog gets to join in the fun!"

Humans are welcome to join the fun by dressing up too! All dogs are invited to participate, with the chance to win prizes in categories such as Best Dressed, Biggest Pup Personality, Most Talented, Pet & Owner Look-Alike, and more.

Don't miss the Chico Police Department's special Police K-9 Demonstration at 12 PM, showcasing the incredible control, agility, and extensive training of the Police K-9s.

Dog lovers of all kinds are encouraged to attend and enjoy human activities as well. We'll have music, food trucks, and activities for the kids, including bounce houses and face painting. Ride your bike and utilize our free bike valet provided by Chico Velo.

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, May 18th
Time: 10 AM–1 PM
Location: DeGarmo Park, 3428 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95973

For more information and updates about the K-9 Classic, please visit our official website at Stay connected with CARD on social media by following us on Facebook and Instagram @chicorec.

CARD extends a heartfelt thank you to our Platinum Sponsors Lamar Advertising for helping make fun, free community events like these possible. Become a CARD event sponsor at Come join us for a day filled with fun, community, and the celebration of dogs. We look forward to seeing you and your family at the K-9 Classic!



About Chico Area Recreation & Park District

Founded in 1948, the Chico Area Recreation & Park District (CARD) is a California Special District focused on creating recreational opportunities that bring friends and families together to have fun and build lasting memories. CARD manages and cares for more than 15 community and neighborhood parks, four community centers, one swimming pool, the Chico Creek Nature Center, and more. The PLAY Activity Guide highlights the numerous sports, classes, camps, special events, and more CARD offers. Learn more about CARD at